Have your say on the Draft Master Plan

Draft master plan

Our schematic design concept has been updated and refined in response to the engagement comments and suggestions. Key changes are:

  • Relocated multi purpose court. The size has been reduced to provide a better quality surface but with the same facilities and to fit within the project budget.

  • Vehicle access to the carpark is via Mary Street. This allows for connected green spaces on the south-west corner.

  • Garden bed planting along the western side of the site for added greenery and as a buffer from the play area to the street.

  • The open lawn area is one level (the existing terrace is removed).

  • Artists impression views have been prepared to help to convey the feel of the spaces once upgraded.

Note there is no public toilet in the design. This can be considered at this reserve in a future stage of work. Read the full statement here.

Schematic design

Artistic impressions

Master plan framework

Council undertook initial community engagement in 2022 for the Mary Street Reserve Landscape Master Plan. This was an ideas, opportunities, and constraints exercise to see what was liked, disliked, and what could change. The local community and the Spotswood Kingsville RSL gave feedback on the reserve as it is and made suggestions for what the landscape design should include. We also asked what active and passive outdoor recreational activities the community would like to see in the park.

Based on this, a master plan framework has been developed to show the different park components that would be included as part of the master plan, and spatially show where they would be positioned onsite. We are now seeking feedback on this Master Plan Framework which will then help inform the development of the draft landscape master plan.


Mary Street Reserve master plan framework

Project summary

  • Background

    The development of the Mary Street Reserve Master plan framework is part of the Better Places Spotswood and South Kingsville place guide. The Master Plan will undertake the necessary planning, consultation, and design to inform future upgrades in the area outlined below.

Aerial photograph of Mary Street Reserve
  • Project aims

    The project aims to:
    • Provide a targeted approach to improving the provision, capacity, quality and access of open space.
    • To help improve the character and recreational opportunities in the local area.
    • To create a space that deals with the increasing demands into the future.
  • Project future

    We are currently developing the concept design for this space. Once this is completed we will seek community feedback on the design of this space.

Previous consultation

Previous consultation - November 2022

Find out more about what we heard

Learn more about what we heard during this consultation for the Mary Street Reserve Master plan

Thank you to those who joined us for the information gathering session for the design of the Mary Street Reserve Master Plan.

Held: Saturday 15th October 2022, 3-5.30pm

Location: Newport Hub, Program Room 1, 11-13 Mason Street

The purpose of this workshop was to:

  • Get to know the physical site, including the constraints and community needs that will shape the design
  • Bring people together on equal footing to build shared understanding of needs and interests that will inform the design
  • Generate new ideas that will benefit group and the whole community

The purpose of this meeting was not do any actual design.

Help shape the design of Mary Street Reserve

Council will be commencing a comprehensive community consultation process in the coming months to develop a community vision and design plan for the Mary Street Reserve, Spotswood. We invite you to share your ideas for this public park.

This project is part of the Better Places Spotswood and South Kingsville Initiative. The project aims to provide a targeted and coordinated approach to improving the provision, capacity, quality and access of open space to help improve the character and recreational opportunities in the local area, and deal with the increasing demands into the future.

As part of this of this preliminary feedback stage, we are seeking to better understand the needs and wants of the community around the Mary Street Reserve area. Please use the interactive map below to share your feedback.

Public toilet statement

As a part of the public toilet strategy, Council are considering public toilets and the future use of the parkland in the neighbouring park, MacLean Reserve. With this in mind there are plans for a stand alone toilet facility at Donald MacLean Reserve (western end in the playground and picnic area) which is within walking distance from Mary Street Reserve being diagonally across Melbourne Road.

Due to the costly nature of public toilets, safety and the ongoing cleaning, Council is not able to provide toilets in all parks. Local parks generally do not have public toilets as they are usually located within close proximity to residents’ houses. It could be considered in the future in Mary Street Reserve depending on funding becoming available.